Took the kids to a week of vacation from San Diego to Disney World. Broke up the middle of the trip to the park with a trip out to Crystal River. Kids did not want to get up early and we did not want to waste a ton of dough with a tour guide, so we slept in after a long night with Mickey Mouse, drove the two hours and got to the river about 1:30. We just happened to end up at a place called MacRae'a of Homosassa (352.628.2602). We got some chips, drinks, and sandwiches at the bait shop, rented a pontoon boat for 1/2 day at $100.00. We also purchased three pairs of swimming goggles for $20 and can use them when we get home too. Wow is all I can saw about the adventure. In the first five minutes we saw an eagle fly out of a tree and grab a fish out of the water, 2 turtles on a log, lots of jumping fish, & monkeys on a little island in the water. We cruised up the mellow river to the springs (super easy to do). Within a few minutes we were swimming with a manatee for the next 30 minutes! The kids, ages 4 & 12, loved it!. The water at the spring is super clean and warm. The water on the river is very murky. Do not miss out on this adventure. Young or old it is worth the time. Remember, do not waste your time & money with a guide. We have never driven a boat before and it was no problem at all. No need to wake up early for this adventure, the manatee are there all day long
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